Objective: Plays are comprised of several parts. These parts consist of a Plot, Characters, Setting, Theme, Diction, and Music. Students must understand these elements in order to understand the similarities and differences that are shared by plays and novels. The objective of this lesson is to learn about the elements of a play.
1) Discussion: What is a play? What elements make up a play? Why would an author choose to write a play rather than a novel?
Lecture: Give students a lecture on the parts of a play: character(s), setting, theme, plot, and music. The plot of the play is the "what" in the play (the main event(s) taking place). The character(s) is the "who" in the play (the people, animals, objects). The setting is the "where" of the play (the location). The theme is the playwright's message or the lesson learned from the...
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